With the Awayday ride postponed due to inclement weather and with not a drop of rain in sight, the Wednesday riders gathered to undertake a hastily planned ride to Ripon. Kevin was muttering “that he should never have trusted Michael Fish with the weather forecast for the Awayday ….” as a small group of eight set off for Ripley. From Ripley it was up Scarrah Bank and on to Fountains Abbey with the site peeping out of the mist (but still no rain).
As we descended down into the Deer Park we got a magnificent view of the deer herd crossing the road and we stopped and watched as they strode majestically across the park. A rare treat!
On to Tates for coffee and toasted teacakes (for the majority) and good banter (not always about the weather…).
It seemed Tates was the place to go for Wheeleasy today as most of the groups arrived at some point but we were all dealt with very quickly and efficiently.
From there it was decided to go back via Littlethorpe and Bishop Monkton before heading for Knaresborough with the sun in our eyes to deliver James home and where Tim W peeled off to strike for home.
Still in the dry the remainder headed up the hill towards Starbeck and into Harrogate (via a newly resurfaced Bogs Lane) and dispersed for home
A good improvised ride (33 miles,1800’ of climbing) in decent weather. Thanks to the two Tims, Yvonne, Paul, James, Colette and John for their company and not giving me too much stick about the Awayday…
Kevin ( who is writing this as the rain comes down steadily outside…)
Medium Plus Brisk Away Day
5 riders opted for a 45 mile route starting at Reeth in Swaledale. Given that there was three Tims in the group it was decided that everyone would be called “Tim” for the day & it worked very well. First up; north out of Reeth to climb up to The Tan Hill Pub with rain in the air & a distinct chill but very little in the way of wind. Swooping down from Tan Hill, Tim took a corner a little too “adventurously” & ended up in a heap on the moor for a short while. No damage done (& with much hilarity amongst the other Tims) we continued onto Kirby Stephen where all 5 Tims probably ate far too much. A stiff & prolonged climb towards Keld underlined the gastronomic folly before a welcome scoot along the Swaledale valley. 4,640 ft of climb. Tall Tim.